How to use chalk paint to transform furniture

Check out how to use chalk paint to update and customise a baby's changing table – or any other piece of furniture for that matter...

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Want to know how to use chalk paint to update or personalise furniture? You are going to want to see what Instagrammer Sofie, or @threeboysandapinkbath as she is otherwise known, has done with her baby changing table! She has given it a full on, super stylish, boho update using chalk paint. Give it a go yourself (works on all furniture not just baby changing tables) by following these really easy steps...

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You will need: 

Rust-Oleum chalk paint DIY

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Step one: clean your furniture 

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The place to start before painting any piece of furniture is to give it a good clean. Just use a soft, microfibre cloth to get rid of any dust, dirt or grease and you are good to start painting.  

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Step two: create your whitewash

Next you need to take a small amount of white chalk finish furniture paint and mix it with water. Two parts paint to one part water is perfect and then stir throughly. Then brush on the watered down paint until you get an effect you are happy with; obviously the more layers you do the more opaque the effect will become. Leave that to dry before starting the next step. 

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Step three: create your washi tape design 

Using washi tape or masking tape, mark out the design you want. Sofie (@threeboysandapinkbath) has chosen a gorgeous tribal-style design for her changing table (very on trend) but you can create what ever kind of pattern suits your space! Find more washi tape ideas: great ways to upcycle furniture with tape in our guide.

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Step four: paint each section 

Using a smaller paintbrush if needed, paint each section of your design and then leave to dry. We think white looks really cool over the white wash underneath but obviously you can pick any colour to create your pattern! Even throw in some metallics for a more glam effect. 

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Step five: remove the masking tape

Once all the paint is dry, slowly peel off the masking tape. You can then finish your furniture with finishing wax. Just buff it in with a lint free cloth. This will protect the paint, making it water resilient and seals it against stains and marks.  

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